Oprah Winfrey has announced Anthony Ray Hinton’s The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row as her latest book club pick, PEOPLE reports.
“I’m really excited and proud to be able to share this book with you. It’s a new selection that I am so passionate about,” WInfrey said in a video statement on Tuesday. “Anthony Ray Hinton, he’s a man you should know. Over the years, I’ve chosen many great novels — very few memoirs — for my book club, but this story reads like an epic novel and it is all true.”
The Sun Does Shine tells the story of how Hinton used faith and positivity while he was incarcerated for two wrongful counts of capital murder in 1985 and on death row, per the announcement.
Hinton spent 30 years behind bars and was released in April 2015.
“It’s unimaginable and you will, throughout the book, try to imagine yourself falsely accused and in a five-by-seven cell for 30 years,” Winfrey continued. “He is a remarkable storyteller and when you read it you will be swept away into this unbelievable, dramatic true story.”
Hinton said he thought he’d “never see the sun again” but credits his mother for his ability to remains strong throughout his conviction.
“I really believe my mother prepared me, and she always told me to keep the faith. I worked really hard and tried to make a book that would inspire people to do better, learn how to forgive one another and move on,” he said. “What happened to me, I don’t ever want to happen to anyone else. I’m just trying to be a little tiny light in God’s world.”
Winfrey and Hinton will discuss his memoir on Oprah’s Book Club: Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row, airing on OWN June 10.
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